White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday defended the White House’s decision to exclude the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program from its immigration plan, saying the program is “a divisive thing.”
“Every single time that we have put forward or anyone else has put forward any type of immigration plan that has included DACA, it’s failed,” Sanders told reporters outside the White House. “It’s a divisive thing.”
The press secretary said that DACA protection “seems to divide people very quickly,” therefore it was “left out on purpose.”
President Donald Trump is scheduled to unveil his immigration plan later on Thursday. The proposal was crafted by senior advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, but its chances of passage are looking slim.
A plan that doesn’t include protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought over the border as children is likely a nonstarter for Democrats, and even Republican senators were apparently unimpressed by Kushner’s Tuesday presentation on the plan.
Watch Sanders below:
.@PressSec: "Every single time that we have put forward or anyone else had put forward any type of immigration plan that has included DACA it's failed. It's a divisive thing." pic.twitter.com/JYTfgsDW2L
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